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your lead in and things that we didn't get background checks for guns passed and immigration reform. both of those are true, but we made a lot of progress. we would like to get both of those passed as soon as possible. in the end whether that happens in 2013 or 2014 would be better for everyone involved if it happens sooner rather than later. let's get it done and we made a lot of progress on the issues and continue to push it as long as it takes through the rest of the presidency. we are not looking at progress on perhaps the same calendar. >> fair enough. i'm going to leave it there. the communications director for the white house, thanks for coming out to the north lawn. i know it's chilly. >> a little chilly. >> more first read next. it is the season for the last minute senate retirements. we will tell you about some of them. the holidays make everyone take stock in their lives. it's no different. who will be the year's unexpected retirement. we are making a list and checking it twice. always fun for the campaign junkies. we will have the latest on the deadly derailment in new y
hanging out there, the senate passed immigration reform and the nondiscrimination act. they said we passed the keystone pipeline and i cyber security bill. there these large things that are out there that had been passed through one chamber or the other, but they seem to get bogged down with immigration and end up not wanting to go forward on that and they don't want to touch the keystone pipeline. is this a lack of leadership or is this constant 24-7 campaign we are always in that is a by product of this media world with the technology moving and they are getting more power? >> a sign of the times. you look at the level of partisanship and the media that exists, this is again, i can't emphasize enough, we are living in unprecedented times. the productivity is really bad. the potential good news is they can pass a lot of this stuff next year. the congress doesn't end until 2014. we will see what they do next year. >> it's harder in an election year and with all the upgrades we had, it brought congress to a screeching halt. too many people had too many things for all sorts of stuff.
, including immigrant, folks from rural areas, and two, they were hit hard by the recession, creating economic hardship that used to exist mainly in inner cities. city centers have seen an upward trend in recent year, drawing more people back into urban areas and the suburbs have struggle. today, there are more poor americans living in the suburbs than the inner city. digest that fact. the trends have redrawn the political map. instead of red and blue state, political divisions are more likely to be delineated by population density. in fact, you can see the breaking point clearly when you map obama and romney voters by population. the split split comes right around 850 people per square mile pimt's an area similar to the size of knox county, tennessee, knoxville, or bucks county, pennsylvania, right outside of philadelphia. people in more crowded areas tend to be obama voters. those in less populated areas tended to vote romney. overall, democrats do best in heavily populated areas and heavily populated suburbs even when they are in red states. republicans have an edge in the affluent
tackling two major issues, immigration and the minimum wage. how pressure from the people could finally change washington. >>> good morning, i'm chris jansing. there's a major new push to focus positive attention on obama care, and it starts today. the kickoff is at the white house this afternoon. we'll hear from the president today, but the plan is to have a democrat or someone from the administration do something every single day until the december 23rd deadline. and just announced, this thursday the president will sit down with chris matthews at american university. the interview will air right here on msnbc's "hardball" at 7:00 p.m. eastern. again, that's thursday, december 5th. >>> and it appears to be the right time for a
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